Friday 30th - Saturday 31st October

This year we take our unique festival online for a feast of fanged delights...​

...And what's more, it's completely FREE.

BUT... in this time of medical emergency, we would like to encourage all of our visitors: if you can please GIVE BLOOD!

BloodFour years ago our vision for IVFAF was to bring together vampire creatives from the genres of film, literature, academia and performing arts. We felt that by hosting a fusion of these art forms in the magnificent setting of Sighisoara's medieval citadel, in the heart of Transylvania, something very exciting would happen - and it did! We are aware of a number of creative collaborations that had their genesis within these ancient walls and for the last four years we have been honoured by FilmFreeway listing us in their top 100 festivals in the World. 

AwardsBut now a darkness has descended around us all with no clear end in sight. Therefore, this year we will bring IVFAF to you - VIRTUALLY.
From midday (Transylvanian time) on Friday 30th October, to the breaking of the dawn at Hallowe'en, we will be broadcasting live...
...and (un)dead...


Feature and short films nominated for the 2020 Golden Stake Awards will be streamed, along with winners from the previous four years. Authors with nominated books, along with previous award winners, will conduct on-line readings. There will be pre-recorded interviews and live Q&As with leading creatives in the vampire genre as part of the Vampire Creative Congress. Our Vampire Academic Conference will hear and discuss the latest and best in-depth academic research on everything vampire via video conferencing. Finally, the 2020 Golden Stake Award Ceremony will be broadcast live.
Click here to view the Programme

Access to this years’ Virtual IVFAF is free but you need to register with Eventbrite to obtain the passcodes required.

Please pay with your blood. We are living in a medical emergency. Wherever you live, blood donations will save lives

To Register

From the 1922 classic Nosferatu to Christopher Lee's Hammer creation and into the Twilight collection, vampires have been the enduring genre in cinema with 170 versions of Dracula alone. Television joined the party later on but the ratings of Buffy, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, The Strain, The Passage and a Discovery of Witches, along with internet based series such as Carmilla, proves that we all love being scared by, or attracted to vampires.​

Each year IVFAF invites short and feature films to be submitted for screening. From the shortlist of nominated films, a Golden Stake Award is given to the Best Feature Film and Best Short Film with Silver Stake Awards given as runner up prizes in each category.


From early 18th century poetry, through the classic Victorian gothic phase and continuing to the modern day, Vampires continue to be arguably the most popular recurring theme in literature. Set in the ancient Transylvanian Citadel that was the birthplace to the very real, and very bloody Vlad Dracula, who inspired Bram Stoker's iconic figure, IVFAF provides a forum to discuss classic works, an opportunity to learn from established authors and a platform for emerging literary talent.

The IVFAF Literature Programme will include readings and Q&As from leading authors in the vampire genre. Previous speakers have included Dacre Stoker, Chris Golden, Rio Youers and Tim Lebbon.

Each year a leading university specialising in gothic and vampire studies curates the Academic Conference. Previous curating universities were Seton Hill, Kutztown, Edinburgh Napier and the University of South Wales.

This years’ Academic Conference is being curated by The State College of Florida with the theme of American Vampires.

Please follow this link to the Call for Papers
As darkness falls and Hallowe'en approaches and the veil between life and undeath grows thin, we'll host a debauched sanguinary soirée with a playlist of the best vampire-themed tunes and videos. Carriages are required an hour before dawn to get you back to your coffins on time...
Welcome to our festival! Come freely. Go safely; and leave some of the happiness you bring!
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